Leipzig Life and Visitor Travel Tips
(Leipzig, Saxony, Germany)
A prominent European city and an important area of commerce, Leipzig is known for its historic character, appealing shopping arcades, restored buildings and impressive Renaissance-style architecture. It is easy to picture the city's past life in the best preserved areas of Leipzig, particularly around the Old Town Hall, although modern, cultural attractions are also in good supply.
With a selection of trendy bars and restaurants, many of which stay open well into the early hours of the morning, there is plenty to do in Leipzig after hours. For travel tips and discount cards, the tourist office along Richard-Wagner-Strasse warrants a visit, while a number of travel agencies are also to be found at the Hauptbahnhof, and along both the Nikolaistrasse and Universitätsstrasse. Useful travel tips about life in Leipzig are below.
Tourism and Tourist Information
When you first arrive in Leipzig, be sure to pay a visit to the tourist office and plan you itinerary carefully, so that you don't miss out on anything that you might later regret. Valid for between one and three days, the Leipzig Card is a good purchase if you plan to visit lots of attractions and enables either free admission or hefty discounts, together with unlimited travel on the city's public transport.
Leipzig Tourist Information Centre (Leipzig Tourist Service e.V.)
Address: Richard-Wagner-Strasse 1, Leipzig, 04109, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0341 7104 265
Fax: +49 0341 7104 271
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday - 09:00 to 16:00, Sunday - 10:00 to 16:00
Deutsche Bücherei (Library)
Address: Deutscher Platz 1, Leipzig, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 0341 227 10
Main Post Office
Address: Augustusplatz 1, Leipzig, Germany, DE
Germany is a true European city and successfully adopted the Euro (EUR) as its local currency in 2002. Replacing the Deutsche Mark, a unified German currency since 1990, you can obtain Euros at the many banks, exchange bureaus and even at Leipzig's numerous cashpoint machines. Alternatively, most hotels, entertainment venues and restaurants in Leipzig happily accept both debit and credit cards as a form of payment.
Language, Dialect and German Phrases
Although some locals in Leipzig do speak English to some extent, particularly those within the tourism industry, you should not rely on being able to speak to everyone in your own language. Therefore, a little homework before arriving in Leipzig can get you off to a good start and basic German phrases are not difficult to lean, with many German words being similar or identical to their English counterparts. Below are a few useful German phrases to get you started.
- gute nacht
Hello (on phone)
Where is the drugstore?
- wie komme ich zum apotheke?
Please would you show me on the map?
- könnten sie mir dies bitte auf dem plan
Where is the train station?
- wo ist der bahnhof?
Do you have any vacancies available?
- haben sie noch zimmer frei?
How much will it cost per night?
- wieviel kostet es pro Nacht?
Am I able to pay with my credit card?
- kann ich mit meiner kreditkarte bezahlen?